Russo-Ukraine War (Part 2)

The Russians continue to grind slowly ahead:

Not a lot, but no apparent ability by Ukraine to stop the advance. There was a story that Poland would turn its old Mig-29s over to us and then we’d hand them off to Ukraine. I don’t know who came up with that stupid idea but my bet is the Russians told us they wouldn’t go make believe on it and so the idea was scotched by DoD.

Pudding Brain banned the import of Russian oil without, of course, any effort to ramp up American production: no, he’s going hat in hand to Venezuela, Iran and Saudi Arabia to beg them to boost production. This does require him to lift the sanctions on Venezuelan oil. I guess this means that whether or not you’re a bad guy depends on the Narrative of the Moment. And right now that Narrative is Putin Bad.

Read that a restaurant in Brazil will stop offering Beef Stroganoff. This is ridiculous. But, also, think about it: this level of xenophobia against Russians has been generated globally and in mere weeks. And you know they can turn this on anyone who displeases them. Heck, we already saw it: they turned it on Trump and got the whole world to hate him. I mean, the whole world open to Western propaganda, that is. Places where this is lacking or where there remains independent press were more friendly to Trump (India, Israel, eg).

It occurred to me that while Putin is in the wrong – starting hostilities unless you are faced with obvious and imminent attack is morally wrong – we are not looking at it from his perspective. And I thought we were always supposed to do that? I guess not. At least, not in come cases. But Putin’s perspective is Russian. This doesn’t make it right, but it does make it something we should understand.

First thing: that massive nation we can see on the map looming over Europe and Asia looks a lot different from the inside. It is all frontier. Vulnerable frontier. Open to attack at scores of points at any given time. And then outside the Urals and the Volga River, Russia lacks any obvious defensive line: it is all flat, open country easy to traverse by an enemy.

Second, there have been attempts to conquer Russia from Europe. The most recent is the most telling, but prior to it there were French, Swedish and Polish efforts along these lines. Russians don’t see Europe as the home of brothers and sisters…but rather as the home of rapacious conquerors who must be kept at bay.

Third, the Russians don’t see the Ukrainians as a different nation. It was called “little Russia” in Imperial times. Here:

That is a 1904 map. And I’m not saying the Russians are right nor that Ukrainians don’t have a right to be – just pointing out relevant historic facts. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you and I believe about it – in this case, the crucial person is Putin and what he believes. And I read his article just before the war: he asserts very firmly that Ukrainians are Russians. And he further believes that the only reason there is a Ukrainian identity apart from Russia is because of influence peddling from the West. Also, he’s probably only barely heard of Stalin’s famine in the area (its not like Soviet textbooks covered it when Putin was growing up); and even if he did, he would probably view it as a sad necessity. Ukraine was liberated from the Muslims by Russians. Kiev is the cradle of Russian civilization. The Battle of Poltava which secured Russia as a Great Power was fought in Ukraine. In other words, there are solid reasons for the Russians to believe what they believe.

Anyways, that would be the Russian perspective – and now add to it the entire world becoming overtly hostile not just to Putin, but to Russians and all things Russian, and you’ve got the perfect potion to turn even Putin-doubters into loyalists.

It ain’t just oil – Russia and Ukraine both provide a lot of wheat on the global market. We here in the USA will be fine – I’m confident our wheat and corn farmers can see how things are going and are doing what they can to maximize production. But for the poor in Africa and Asia, this could spell famine.

Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made a statement against cancel culture a few weeks back and I was all, “busted clock, twice a day”. Well, the “twice” just happened when she pointed out the risks of willy-nilly flooding Ukraine with weapons without accountability and the presence of militia groups of, shall we say?, questionable loyalty. If she’s right about a third thing, I’ll faint dead away. What you’ll find strange (ie, not strange at all) is that the MSM seems to have forgotten to cover Omar’s statement on this. Almost like she went off script and is, at least temporarily, aligned with White Supremacy or some such.

15 thoughts on “Russo-Ukraine War (Part 2)

  1. Cluster March 9, 2022 / 9:07 am

    Pudding Brain banned the import of Russian oil without, of course, any effort to ramp up American production …

    I wonder if Pudding Brain realizes that there are plenty of other buyers lined up to buy that Russian oil so in reality this doesn’t hurt Putin at all, the only people Pudding Brain is hurting by this action is middle class America – and that is intentional.

    What is wrong with a neutral Ukraine if it would ease global tensions? This entire assault on Ukraine could have easily been avoided by the worlds elite by simply committing to a neutral Ukraine but they really all want war. Defense industries, politicians, lobbyists, and the media all make lots of money when bombs are dropping and of course this is a wonderful distraction from the Covid and lock down fraud. And I wonder what level of culpability for this war the American VP has when she “welcomed Ukraine’s efforts to be a part of NATO” just days prior to the invasion. Not the smartest thing to say but then again, Kamala isn’t there for her brains.

  2. Cluster March 9, 2022 / 9:22 am

    I have mentioned this before but in my opinion, all of this global chaos and reorder started in 1991 with George H. W. Bush’s call for the “New World Order”. And Sept. 11, 2001 was a known and planned attack on United States dominance which is supported by America’s ruling class and of which continues and is being accelerated today.

    Ukraine is the latest in the string of wars with the Seal of Approval from the New World Order that George H.W. Bush announced to Congress on September 11, 1991.

  3. Cluster March 9, 2022 / 3:59 pm

    I blame the global elite, the American ruling class, and of course Putin for this war and it goes without saying that if more people with integrity and intelligence were in charge, we would have never gotten to this point but now that we are, we can’t let this continue

    Putin unleashes fresh horror: Russian rocket attack destroys maternity hospital in Mariupol with children left buried under rubble as Zelensky accuses world leaders of being ‘accomplice to terror’

  4. jdge1 March 9, 2022 / 9:43 pm

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  5. Cluster March 10, 2022 / 9:05 am

    Congress passed another massive $1.5 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill in the middle of the night last night, and “republicans” supported it. Just FYI.

    Good talk

  6. Retired Spook March 10, 2022 / 5:58 pm

    The Biden regime is blaming the rise in the cost of gasoline on Putin. The price of gas started going up in November, 2020, as soon as it looked inevitable that Joe and the Ho had cheated their way to victory. The price really took off the week this duplicitous, degenerate, demented duo took office.

    • Retired Spook March 10, 2022 / 6:02 pm

      BTW, I wrote down the price of gas locally on 1/20/21 on a post-it note and stuck it in my desk drawer. It was $1.89, and we’re usually close to the national average. Over the ensuing nearly 14 months the various services that track the price of gas have managed to do the same thing with gas prices that the climate change nuts have done with temperatures — “adjust” the numbers higher.

      • Jeremiah March 10, 2022 / 8:56 pm

        It was $3.89 here yesterday evening and went to $4.10 this morning. And what from some analysts are saying there’s a very likely possibility we will see $10-$12 a gallon gas by mid summer July/August, and bread is to go much higher as well.

        It’s very bad for the future, a very big recession is in the works worldwide, and I think its all been planned this way, as the administration’s goal is to make the oil industry collapse, and convert the world over to “electric” “wind, and solar” and that’s just not going to work.

        We need leadership in Washington long before January 20, 2025.

        Joe Biden is not the legal President of the United States anyway. He was illegally installed, by corrupt election officials and Mark Zuckerturd.

        The very first thing he did when entering the White House was cut the keystone pipeline, and stopped using American oil, instead going back to our enemies in the Middle East.

        We’re very real danger right now! Putin is killing people outside his country, and Biden is killing people inside “his” own country.

        He’s makes this country so weak, I’m sure China is looking at the prospect of attacking America. Since they support what Putin is doing in Ukraine. Let’s hope they don’t get that idea.

      • Retired Spook March 11, 2022 / 3:02 pm

        What do you think is going to happen if the national average price of gas gets to $7, $8, $9 or $10 per gallon? Do you think maybe the majority of people will cut back on driving or stop altogether? What happens when demand plummets? If the price doesn’t also plummet, we’re going to see a catastrophic depression because the majority of the population won’t be able to afford to drive to work.

      • Jeremiah March 11, 2022 / 3:14 pm

        That’s right. People are going to have to take a stand now, or suffer the consequences of the evil political officials. No one is going to be able to afford anything if political situation isn’t resolved quickly. So the American people to move post-haste on putting pressure on Washington. An hold John Kerry, Schumer, Pelosi and all those people accountable.

      • Amazona March 12, 2022 / 9:56 pm

        When the price of gas goes up, the price of everything goes up. As a trucker asked the other day, what are people going to say when milk is $11.00 a gallon?

        The GOP ought to be flooding the country with billboards with easily changed costs for things like gas, milk, eggs, etc. under the banner “THANK YOU BIDEN VOTERS”

        (An idea hit me when I wrote that—that might be what it takes to get Democrats to agree that the election was rigged, a “Hey, most Dems didn’t vote for him”. That would be funny.)

        I’m glad I have chickens. Now that the days are getting longer I am getting a dozen eggs a day. Last summer it was 3 dozen a day. I basically took eggs with me to give out when I went to my bank, my dentist, even the DMV. Now maybe I can barter them for other stuff.

  7. Cluster March 11, 2022 / 9:17 am

    I wonder if this is why Fauci disappeared???

    Friday is going to be a very bad day for the United States. Sixty years ago (yes, I was alive then) the United States roasted the Soviet Union in a UN Security Council meeting convened over the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is an old saying, “revenge is a dish best served cold.” Russia is going to dump a load of frozen food on the United States tomorrow at 11 am by exposing U.S. support to Ukraine over the last 17 years for research into biological and chemical weapons … The Russian units were deployed to secure those bioweapons labs. And in the process of securing them they have recovered a treasure trove of documents showing the United States has violated the international accord governing Chemical and Biological Weapons..

  8. Jeremiah March 11, 2022 / 7:42 pm

    I see they are practicing in Latvia. Putin’s not going to stop at Ukraine. He’s going to keep going.

  9. Jeremiah March 11, 2022 / 8:51 pm

    Now Putin’s bringing in recruits from the Middle East to help him fight in Ukraine.

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